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Definition 1: any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results - [noun denoting tops]

Synonyms for cause in the sense of this definition

(cause is a kind of ...) an entity that has physical existence

(... is a kind of cause ) a cause of pain or injury or loss

"he feared the dangers of traveling by air"

(... is a kind of cause ) the causal agent resulting in death

"heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States"

(... is a kind of cause ) something used to achieve a purpose

"an engine of change"

(... is a kind of cause ) a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed

(... is a kind of cause ) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

"the mysterious presence of an evil power" "may the force be with you" "the forces of evil"

(... is a kind of cause ) an agent that operates some apparatus or machine

"the operator of the switchboard"

(... is a kind of cause ) any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty

(... is a kind of cause ) something that causes an important event to happen

"the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country"

(... is a kind of cause ) the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)

"we are helpless in the face of destiny"

(... is a kind of cause ) an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause

"God is the first cause"

(... is a kind of cause ) the effect of supernatural or divine intervention in human affairs

(... is a kind of cause ) supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

"She doesn't believe in the supernatural"

(... is a kind of cause ) a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe

"the laws of nature" "nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women"

(... is a kind of cause ) an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect

"their research uncovered new disease agents"

(... is a kind of cause ) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of cause ) a substance that exerts some force or effect

Definition 2: a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the family brought suit against the landlord

Synonyms for cause in the sense of this definition

(cause is a kind of ...) (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked

(... is a kind of cause ) a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant

(... is a kind of cause ) a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group

(... is a kind of cause ) a suit brought against someone who has sued you

(... is a kind of cause ) a lawsuit alleging violations of criminal law by the defendant

(... is a kind of cause ) a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise

"he organized the weekly moot"

(... is a kind of cause ) a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined)

(cause belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he supported populist campaigns
  • they worked in the cause of world peace
  • the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
  • the movement to end slavery
  • contributed to the war effort

Synonyms for cause in the sense of this definition

(cause is a kind of ...) any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

(... is a kind of cause ) a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

"the war on poverty" "the war against crime"

(... is a kind of cause ) a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

(... is a kind of cause ) a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable

(... is a kind of cause ) the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression

(... is a kind of cause ) the movement aimed at equal rights for women

(... is a kind of cause ) a campaign to raise money for some cause

(... is a kind of cause ) the campaign of a candidate to be elected

(... is a kind of cause ) a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers

(... is a kind of cause ) a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support

(... is a kind of cause ) a campaign against entering or continuing a war

(... is a kind of cause ) an organized program of advertisements

(... is a kind of cause ) political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people

Definition 4: a justification for something existing or happening - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where cause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had no cause to complain
  • they had good reason to rejoice

Synonyms for cause in the sense of this definition

(cause is a kind of ...) a statement in explanation of some action or belief

Definition 5: events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something - [noun denoting event]

Samples where cause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they are trying to determine the cause of the crash

(cause is a kind of ...) an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

(... is a kind of cause ) a preceding occurrence or cause or event

(... is a kind of cause ) the cause of a disease

(... is a kind of cause ) anything that contributes causally to a result

"a number of factors determined the outcome"

(... is a kind of cause ) something that produces

"Maine is a leading producer of potatoes" "this microorganism is a producer of disease"

(... is a kind of cause ) an event capable of causing a mutation

Definition 6: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner - [verb of communication]

Samples where cause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ads induced me to buy a VCR
  • My children finally got me to buy a computer
  • My wife made me buy a new sofa

Synonyms for cause in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of cause ) cause to decide

"This new development finally decided me!"

(... is a kind of cause ) induce to commit perjury or give false testimony

"The President tried to suborn false witnesses"

(... is a kind of cause ) serve as the inciting cause of

"She prompted me to call my relatives"

(... is a kind of cause ) cause to undertake a certain action

"Her greed led her to forge the checks"

(... is a kind of cause ) actively cause something to happen

"I let it be known that I was not interested"

(... is a kind of cause ) spur on

"His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"

(... is a kind of cause ) incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination

"He was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents"

(... is a kind of cause ) induce or persuade

"The confession of one of the accused brought the others to admit to the crime as well"

(... is a kind of cause ) cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

"You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

(... is a kind of cause ) force somebody to do something

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

Definition 7: give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally - [verb of creation]

Samples where cause or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cause a commotion
  • make a stir
  • cause an accident

Synonyms for cause in the sense of this definition

(cause is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of cause ) shape or influence; give direction to

"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

(... is a kind of cause ) urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

(... is a kind of cause ) give an incentive for action

"This moved me to sacrifice my career"

(... is a kind of cause ) call forth

(... is a kind of cause ) evoke or provoke to appear or occur

"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

(... is a kind of cause ) give occasion to

(... is a kind of cause ) compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way

"People cannot be made to integrate just by passing a law!" "Heat makes you sweat"

(... is a kind of cause ) produce

"The scientists set up a shock wave"

(... is a kind of cause ) take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

(... is a kind of cause ) increase the likelihood of (a response)

"The stimulus facilitates a delayed impulse"

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